The P300 and the P450 are two pocket-sized projectors with a lot of power, and excellent designs, but which is better? In this aaxa p300 vs p450 comparison article, I’m going to delve deep inside each of one of these, explaining some things the company description, perhaps chose not to tell you. Ultimately, you’ll get an idea about how good they really are, so that you can best make a choice as to whether you’d like to buy one of these.
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Portability and Design: AAXA P300 vs P450
These are two of the most portable projectors on the market. The P300 is 1.5 inches in length, by 5.9 inches of width, and has a 3.8 inch depth, while the P450 is 1.7 inches in length, with the same width and depth of the P300. This is super-portable, so they’ll fit into a pocket, and they only weigh 0.81 pounds, making them two of the lightest projectors out there. There isn’t a case included, so you might want to think about buying one, because small projectors like these tend to be fragile. For extra portability they do come with a tripod, so if your doing a presentation or watching a movie, you won’t have to find something to put them on. Both will throw up an image quickly, so I give them 9/10 each for portability, with one mark taken off, because of the lack of a carry-case included.
Performance: AAXA P300 vs P450
The P300 and P450 are single-chip projectors, with an LED light source. One thing that’s great about LED’s, is that they prolong the life of a projector, and this in turn brings the cost of owning one down. So, while these both already come pretty cheaply, the real price will be much less, because long after the lamp on a non-LED projector would die, the P300 and the P450, will still be going strong. The P300 will last around 11,000 hours, and this is very competitive, but the P450 lasts around 15,000 hours.
They named the P300 after its lumen count, which at first doesn’t seem very good news, but they should have named it the P600 because the lumen performance is excellent. Lumens are logarithmic, which means 300 lumens is brighter than one-tenth of 3000 lumens anyway, so the fact that they perform well, makes them useful. The P450 meanwhile (you guessed it), has 450 lumens, and these also perform well. What all this amounts to, is two projectors in the 600 lumen range of brightness, which will allow you to extend the screen to 55 inches in a darkened room, and 30 inches in moderate light. I mentioned in my introduction, about how I’d be explaining things that the company description kept hidden away, and this is one of those things. Although, the P300 is advertised at 120 inches max size, and the P450 is quoted as 140 inches max size; at this amount of brightness, you’re not going to get this on either one. But for the price, what you do get, is still very good, especially with the super-portability, which is what most people will be buying these for. Find the full P300 review here.
Regarding image quality, the P300, despite having a native resolution of 1200×800 WXGA, performs very well, with excellent color balance and very few rainbow artifacts. Distortions, on the whole, are kept to a minimum, and video images are reasonably clean. Images can be upgraded to something near 1080p HD, with an HDMI lead, but you’ll find images are good enough, due to the Texas Instuments DLP technology inside, and the power of the 15,000 LED’s. The P450 has an additional slot for an SD Card, and will throw out an image at 10 inches at 1 foot back/ 60 inches at 6 foot back. It has the same resolution, but suffers from he appearance of artifacts, which, while not as frequent as some other super-portable single-chip projectors, they may be bothersome to buyers. It has the same resolution as the P300 and pictures are smooth at times. but the focus issue remains a problem even when you use the HDMI lead to upscale.
Both of these come at competitive prices, and while you’re not going to be showing beautiful 1080p full HD images, you are getting better portability than those that do. The small size, with an easy set-up, combined with a quick image throw, and ease of operation, with a 60 minute battery included, make the P300 or the P450 an excellent choice for professionals. The P300 is just a little more reliable in terms of image quality than the P450, although both are very good.